All Four NFC North Teams Lose, Packers To Face Bears Sunday For Division Championship
Week 16 of the NFL Schedule saw all four NFC North team’s lose, setting up what will effectively be an NFC North Championship game next weekend between the Packers and the Bears.
First off, the Vikings got smashed on Sunday at the Cincinnati Bengals 42-14. Minnesota had Adrian Peterson back in the lineup after he missed last week’s win over Philly, but Peterson was largely ineffective. He finished with 45 yards on 11 carries. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton roasted the Vikings secondary with 366 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. It was a forgettable performance for Matt Cassel, who turned the ball over four times and finished with just 114 yards passing.
The Packers controlled their own destiny on Sunday, knowing that if they won both of their remaining games they would win the North. They lost 38-31 to the Pittsburgh Steelers after a late fumble by Matt Flynn set the Steelers up for the go-ahead touchdown. Packers fans still have hope though, because both the Lions and Bears also lost.
Detroit absolutely choked on Sunday falling to the Giants 23-20 in overtime. Detroit looked like a lock for the NFC North title as recently as Thanksgiving, but after losing five of six, they’ve been eliminated. The Bears could have clinched the North last night, but got obliterated by the Eagles in Philly, losing 54-11. Green Bay will now play at Chicago on Sunday to determine who wins the division.